Best Family Movies of 2006

1.

Cars

5.9
7.1/10

Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters.

Starring: Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub
Directed by: John Lasseter
Release date: 2006-06-08
2.

Ice Age: The Meltdown

5.8
6.8/10

Diego, Manny and Sid return in this sequel to the hit animated movie Ice Age. This time around, the deep freeze is over, and the ice-covered earth is starting to melt, which will destroy the trio's cherished valley. The impending disaster prompts them to reunite and warn all the other beasts about the desperate situation.

Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Release date: 2006-03-29
3.

Lifted

5.5
7.9/10

When an overconfident teen alien gets behind the controls of a spaceship, he must attempt to abduct a slumbering farmer under the watchful eye of a critical instructor. But abducting humans requires precision and a gentle touch, and within a few missteps it's painfully clear why more humans don't go missing every year.

Directed by: Gary Rydstrom
Release date: 2006-12-28
4.

Over the Hedge

5.5
6.7/10

A scheming raccoon fools a mismatched family of forest creatures into helping him repay a debt of food, by invading the new suburban sprawl that popped up while they were hibernating – and learns a lesson about family himself.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, William Shatner
Directed by: Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
Release date: 2006-05-17
5.

Monster House

5.4
6.6/10

Monsters under the bed are scary enough, but what happens when an entire house is out to get you? Three teens aim to find out when they go up against a decrepit neighboring home and unlock its frightening secrets.

Starring: Ryan Newman, Steve Buscemi, Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke
Directed by: Gil Kenan
Release date: 2006-07-21
6.

Happy Feet

5.3
6.5/10

Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!

Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman
Directed by: George Miller
Release date: 2006-11-16
7.

She's the Man

5.3
6.4/10

Viola Johnson is in a real jam. Complications threaten her scheme to pose as her twin brother, Sebastian, and take his place at a new boarding school. She falls in love with her handsome roommate, Duke, who loves beautiful Olivia, who has fallen for Sebastian! As if that were not enough, Viola's twin returns from London ahead of schedule but has no idea that his sister has already replaced him on campus.

Starring: Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey, Vinnie Jones, David Cross
Directed by: Andy Fickman
Release date: 2006-03-17
8.

Eight Below

5.2
7.3/10

In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission.

Starring: Paul Walker, Bruce Greenwood, Moon Bloodgood, Jason Biggs, Gerard Plunkett
Directed by: Frank Marshall
Release date: 2006-02-17
9.

The Ultimate Gift

5.2
7.4/10

When his wealthy grandfather finally dies, Jason Stevens fully expects to benefit when it comes to the reading of the will. But instead of a sizable inheritance, Jason receives a test, a series of tasks he must complete before he can get any money.

Starring: James Garner, Drew Fuller, Abigail Breslin, Ali Hillis, Bill Cobbs
Directed by: Michael O. Sajbel
Release date: 2006-10-20
10.

Arthur and the Invisibles

5.1
6.0/10

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur's grandfather returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks.

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow, Ron Crawford, Penny Balfour, Jason Bateman
Directed by: Luc Besson
Release date: 2006-12-13
11.

Miss Potter

4.9
7.0/10

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit', and her struggle for love, happiness and success.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson
Directed by: Chris Noonan
Release date: 2006-12-03
12.

High School Musical

4.8
5.4/10

Troy, the popular captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella, the brainy and beautiful member of the academic club, break all the rules of East High society when they secretly audition for the leads in the school's musical. As they reach for the stars and follow their dreams, everyone learns about acceptance, teamwork, and being yourself.

Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Alyson Reed
Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Release date: 2006-01-20
13.

Just My Luck

4.7
5.4/10

Manhattanite Ashley is known to many as the luckiest woman around. After a chance encounter with a down-and-out young man, however, she realizes that she's swapped her fortune for his.

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Samaire Armstrong, Chris Pine, Missi Pyle, Makenzie Vega Norfolk
Directed by: Donald Petrie
Release date: 2006-05-12
14.

Curious George

4.7
6.5/10

When The Man in the Yellow Hat befriends Curious George in the jungle, they set off on a non-stop, fun-filled journey through the wonders of the big city toward the warmth of true friendship.

Starring: Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Dick Van Dyke
Directed by: Matthew O'Callaghan
Release date: 2006-02-10
15.

Charlotte's Web

4.6
6.3/10

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey
Directed by: Gary Winick
Release date: 2006-12-07
16.

Brother Bear 2

4.5
6.2/10

Kenai finds his childhood human friend Nita and the two embark on a journey to burn the amulet he gave to her before he was a bear, much to Koda's dismay.

Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Mandy Moore, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas
Directed by: Ben Gluck
Release date: 2006-08-17
17.

Those Happy Days

4.4
6.8/10

Set in 1992, a manager Vincent has to run a children's holiday camp for three weeks and to face the unexpected concerning the place, his colleagues, various problems linked to children about the rooms, trips, their belongings...

Starring: Jean-Paul Rouve, Marilou Berry, Omar Sy, Lannick Gautry, Julie Fournier
Directed by: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Release date: 2006-06-28
18.

Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses

4.4
6.7/10

King Randolph sends for his cousin Duchess Rowena to help turn his daughters, Princess Genevieve and her 11 sisters, into better ladies. But the Duchess takes away all the sisters fun, including the sisters favorite pastime: dancing.Thinking all hope is lost they find a secret passageway to a magical land were they can dance the night away.

Starring: Nicole Oliver, Lalainia Lindbjerg, Kathleen Barr, Chiara Zanni, Kelly Sheridan
Directed by: Greg Richardson
Release date: 2006-09-19
19.

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

4.3
5.0/10

Jon and Garfield visit the United Kingdom, where a case of mistaken cat identity finds Garfield ruling over a castle. His reign is soon jeopardized by the nefarious Lord Dargis, who has designs on the estate.

Starring: Bill Murray, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Billy Connolly, Ian Abercrombie, Breckin Meyer
Directed by: Tim Hill
Release date: 2006-06-15
20.

The Ant Bully

4.3
5.8/10

Fed up with being targeted by the neighborhood bully, 10-year-old Lucas Nickle vents his frustrations on the anthill in his front yard ... until the insects shrink him to the size of a bug with a magic elixir. Convicted of "crimes against the colony," Lucas can only regain his freedom by living with the ants and learning their ways.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Nicolas Cage, Paul Giamatti, Bruce Campbell
Directed by: John A. Davis
Release date: 2006-07-27

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